Baltimore County Now
Intern, Baltimore County Commission on Arts and Sciences
Summer is here, and here with it are beach vacations, sleep-away camps, and Fourth of July picnics. The season is busy, but somehow an abundance of free time always wedges its way in between the events marked on the calendar. Students with eight weeks off from school sometimes find themselves glued to the television with nothing else to do all day. The warm weather and longer days make it so even adults who are still occupied from nine to five find some extra time on their hands. If you are trying to find a way to wile away your spare summer hours, look no further. There are tons of art, music and theatre performances here in Baltimore County all summer long.
Arts and sciences organizations in Baltimore County offer a diverse group of programs that will help make the most of your child’s summer. Summertime Crickets, a program by the Children’s Chorus of Maryland, introduces children ages four and five to the world of music. Kaleidoscope! Arts Camp in Catonsville channels another area of creativity, focusing on visual arts. This two-week day camp offers programs for elementary, middle, and high school-aged students looking to be creative and have fun!
Another great family outing is a night at the theatre with Cockpit in Court’s summer season, presented at CCBC Essex. The company will celebrate forty years of theatre with five diverse shows: Gypsy, A Murder is Announced, Me and My Girl, Social Security, and Seussical Jr. Whether you’re looking to see a musical or a play or whether you are bringing the kids or having a grown-up night, Cockpit in Court is a summer treat for any occasion.
If you are looking for more theatre, the annual Summer Playwright’s Festival presented by Open Space Arts is a Baltimore County tradition that you will not want to miss. Open Space Arts is stationed in Reisterstown and holds their big summer show the first two weekends in August. The festival features several short plays written by inspired members of the community. Local actors bring these original pieces to life on Open Space Arts’ charming outdoor stage. The Summer Playwright’s Festival is an entertaining and unique theatre experience that the whole family can enjoy.
The Lurman Woodland Theatre in Catonsville hosts a free concert series with performances every Saturday and Sunday from June 1-August 25. This is a great way to spend a summer evening with the family and experience all different kinds of music. Spread out your blanket and enjoy concerts from a variety of bands, ranging from the Catonsville High School Steel Band to 1940s swing by the Bayside Big Band to old school blues. Download the concert schedule at http://www.lurman.com and you will be sure to find a concert that suits your style.
These are just a few of the many arts events happening in our area this summer season. For a complete list of summer events and attractions in Baltimore County, please visit www.enjoybaltimorecounty.com.
Director, Baltimore County Office of Budget and Finance
Today at 10 a.m., the Baltimore County Council voted to adopt County Executive Kevin Kamenetz’s proposed budget for FY 2014 with only minor changes. The adopted budget totals $2.78 billion — an increase of just 2.81 % above the previous year.
I invite you to take a look at the comprehensive budget originally proposed by the County Executive. Meanwhile, here is the FY 14 adopted budget at a glance:
Diana DeBoy, Student Intern, Baltimore County Bureau of Solid Waste Management;
Towson University Mass Communication Major
Today, some people might find it difficult to understand the benefits and importance of recycling. Honestly, until a few months ago, I had never recycled and didn’t know where to start. Then I began an internship with the Baltimore County Bureau of Solid Waste Management and learned the importance of such an easy task. Recycling has a significant impact on preserving Baltimore County’s only active landfill, which is already 51 percent full. When we recycle, we divert materials from the landfill, thus extending its lifespan. Recycling also has other benefits, such as conserving natural resources, reducing pollution, and even saving money! For instance, for every ton of recyclable material diverted from trash, Baltimore County and its taxpayers save $60. In 2012 alone, residents’ recycling avoided nearly $3 million in trash disposal costs.
So, if you’re new to recycling like me, you may be thinking, “I don’t know what I can recycle.” Simple everyday materials such as glass bottles, aluminum foil, narrow-neck plastic bottles and newspaper are all examples of items that are accepted in the Baltimore County Single Stream program. If you pass by something in your house and you aren’t sure if the item is acceptable, just visit www.baltimorecountymd.gov/recycling to see a complete list of acceptable plastics, glass, metals and paper.
There is also something you can do that’s even better than recycling -preventing waste in the first place. For example, buying items with less packaging or things that can be reused will decrease the amount of material that needs to be landfilled.
So, why not give recycling a try and help preserve our landfill? Good luck and happy recycling everyone!